The London Film Festival‘s programme was announced by the BFI’s Artistic Director, Sandra Hebron, at the press launch today. Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon, with Michael Sheen and Frank Langella (pictured) in the starring roles, will be premiering in the opening night slot on 15th October. Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, set in India, will close the festival.
Although Ms Hebron said that 2008 was “not a vintage year for cinema,” judging from other festivals this year, she feels that her team have picked out some gems for us lucky Londoners. The keywords for this year’s festival are “politics, history and memory,” she added. Sounds promising.
Highlights include the new Bond film, Quantum of Solace; Oliver Stone’s W., a comic take on George W. Bush’s journey from being the president’s son to, well, being the President; and Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which made headlines a short while back for something to do with Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz.
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